Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Frustrating Characters Ever

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Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever

1. Bella from Twilight: The moping.  I can't even.  (Also, as a sidenote...if I was an immortal vampire, I wouldn't want to constantly be stuck in high school.  I mean, Edward is "17", right?  Couldn't they just say he was "18" and he could at least go to college...or have a job?  17 and 18 year olds basically look the same. Sorry, I digress...)

2. Jacinda from Firelight: I couldn't even finish this book because Jacinda changed her mind every two sentences.  "No, I must stay away Will.  But Will is sooooooo cute.  No, I must not turn into a dragon.  But I must fly!"  Over and over and over.

3. Jace from City of Bones: I can't handle a-hole characters.  Especially when the main character gets treated horribly by them and falls in love with them anyways.  Jace is not nice to Clary at all, but she is still into him!  I don't get it.  Plus he is not as clever as he thinks he is.  His "quips" got old so fast.  Ugh.

4. Margo Crane from Once Upon a River: Margo, Margo, MargoBetween the deer killing and falling into bed with every man you come across, it was just one bad decision after another.  Margo is so shut down that I never understood why she did anything.  It made it so frustrating to read.

5. Mary from Forest of Hands and Teeth: Mary has to be one of the most selfish characters I've ever read.  She is so consumed with her end goal - to the point where everyone around her is expendable,  Only Mary matters.     

6. The Cheer Squad in Dare Me: These girls are nasty.  To themselves, to each other.  I had the hardest time reading about them.  It made my stomach squirm.

7. Hannah from Thirteen Reasons Why: Ok, so I realize I'm treading a fine line writing about a girl who commits suicide because she felt bullied.  But I had a hard time with her box of "reasons" and how she held Clay emotional captive.  Plus there is a horrible event that Hannah witnesses, but does nothing to stop even though she had every chance to.  I really can't forgive her for it.  And it made the her an extremely frustrating character.

8. Ruth from The Next Best Thing: Something about Ruth just grated on my nervesMost of it was the writing, but I found her whiny and really self-absorbed.  Plus is was all too winky-winky, insider-y for me.  

9. Diana and Matthew from A Discovery of Witches:  This book is just. so. over. the. top.  And Diana and Matthew's relationship stuck me as kind of icky.  Please - no one needs to know why Matthew doesn't get all blood crazy when she is on her period.  We can leave some things as a mystery.  

10. Augustus Waters from A Fault in Our Stars: I know I am probably going to get into a lot of trouble for saying this, but Augustus was just too much for me.  The hyper-verbal and metaphorical talk seemed disingenuous.  And he completely lost me with his whole cigarette schtick.  He puts the killing thing in his mouth but doesn't give it the power to kill him?  Sigh.     


  1. I totally agree with you on Hannah and Bella. Great list. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine

    ~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

  2. I actually find it quite interesting that you chose Hannah. I read this book when I was thirteen (or so) and back then I just felt endlessly sorry for Hannah, but I'm often looking on things with a one-sided perspective and I never even got the idea of thinking about what these cassettes would do to Clay and the others... and in that way, I guess, she is a very frustrating character!



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